Fact: I have an Instagram obsession. I arrange my desk just so before snapping a photo (have to make sure my Vogue and venti Starbucks cup are both visible), debate over filters for way longer than I care to admit, and still get a rush when I’ve gained a follower. But before you judge me – I don’t do selfies. So really, I’m not that bad.

All About Instagram Direct

But now, with the rollout of Instagram Direct, I fear my addiction is about to grow worse. What is Instagram Direct? Essentially, it’s Snapchat-meets-Instagram. With the new technology, you can choose to send your photos and videos to certain friends rather than publish for everyone to see. Say you snap a pic only a few followers will find hilarious. Instead of publishing said photo and getting less than – gasp – 11 likes, you can just send it to the friends that will love it. So those shameless bathroom selfies? Who knows, maybe I’ll even partake.

Learn more about Instagram Direct on Mashable.com.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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December 12, 2013

Put down the emergency kit. The smartest and safest way to maneuver through the Black Friday mayhem? We’ll tell you. But first, a look back at the top 12 moments of Black Friday’s past.

From the small child passed out in a shopping cart to the uniform-clad spectators on a snack break, Mashable’s 12 Black Friday Hall-of-Famers will make you laugh out loud – and hopefully encourage you to stay inside where it’s warm and free of aggressive steal-seekers.

Black Friday

Bringing us to point number one. Not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s this thing called the Internet. Mind-blowing, I know. You get to scoop up every insanely priced find while eating leftovers and listening to holiday music by the fireplace (if you so desire). Let me be clear, though – urgency is still a factor, so waking up early is a good idea.

Make the right choice. The one that involves pecan pie under a fleece blanket. You get the gist. Happy hunting.

Visit Mashable for its 12 Black Friday Hall-of-Famers.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 28, 2013